All you need to know about the teams in the Final Four

We now know who the Final Four are in this year’s March Madness competition!

The NCAA Division I Tournament has not failed to disappoint those that have been watching, with a number of shocks that have happened throughout each stage of the college basketball annual event.

Indeed, whilst many of these will have been favorable to those that have decided to get involved in March Madness betting this year, there will be some that will not have been as kind as it could be argued some of the teams involved in the Final Four perhaps would not have been considered to have been teams thought to have been able to reach the Final Four.

Final Four teams

Naturally, there will have been some that would have expected that the Gonzaga Bulldogs would have been involved, as well as last year’s winners Baylor Bears, but that is not to be, as the Final Four are:

  • No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 2 Villanova Wildcats
  • No. 2 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels

However, it should be noted that when you look back at the history of March Madness since 2007/08, the teams involved in this edition’s Final Four have actually been able to claim seven of the 14 national championships, thus providing fans with all of the ingredients to see some awesome college basketball over the coming days!

Let’s take a look at each team and their chances of winning the NCAA Division I Tournament this season:

Duke Blue Devils

The Duke Blue Devils could be about to give coach Mike Krzyzewski an incredible finish to his stellar college basketball coaching career as he is set to retire at the end of the competition. Nicknamed affectionately “Coach K”, he has managed to oversee five championships thus far since taking up the position in 1980 with wins in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015.

Indeed, for the team to be able to give him the perfect sendoff, many will feel that Paolo Banchero needs to be at the top of his game, as he has been throughout this year’s March Madness. He is incredibly versatile, which has made it difficult for his opponents to predict what he will do next, whilst Duke’s superstar has been effective in the scoring game.

North Carolina Tar Heels

The way that coach Hubert Davis has got his team performing is very different from the previous methods that Roy Williams had once employed, but some will stress that the team has been modernized in a way that needed to happen.

In his first year as head coach, Davis – who was assistant to Williams – has seen his methods rewarded and he will continue to look to players such as Caleb Love, R.J. Davis, Leaky Black, Armando Bacot, and Brady Manek continue to perform to the high standards that they have been throughout March Madness.

Kansas Jayhawks

Despite being the only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA Division I Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks have somehow managed to go under the radar in regard to the Final Four. Many will, though, be expecting the team to overcome the challenge of No. 2 Villanova Wildcats.

The reason why so many will believe that the Jayhawks will be playing in the National Championship Game in New Orleans will be due to the performances of Remy Martin and Ochai Agbaji, with both men being effective in obtaining points. Martin has managed to achieve 16.7 PPG through four NCAA tournament games, whereas Agbaji impressed in the Elite Eight victory where he scored 18 points against Miami.

The team is pretty complete, and coach Bill Self will be expecting his team to continue their progression to the Final of March Madness this season.

Villanova Wildcats

The Villanova Wildcats were the most recent winners of the NCAA Division I Tournament out of the Final Four teams remaining, with the college basketball program winning in 2018 under the stewardship of Jay Wright.

Unfortunately, there will be a lot of concern that a repeat of 2021 could happen amid a season-ending injury that was obtained by Justin Moore in the Elite Eight win over Houston. The guard tore his Achilles in the win and will be unavailable to play. It is perhaps reminiscent of the knee injury that Collin Gillespie suffered the year before.

Let’s not forget, though, Villanova is still a strong team and should be considered a contender. Gillespie has been making up for lost time as he continues to be effective and is proving to be one of the best players. Additionally, the Wildcats are the best free-throw shooting team in the country. You can guarantee that it will become incredibly useful.

Huynh Nguyen

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